inferno

noun in·fer·no \ in-ˈfər-(ˌ)nō \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of inferno

plural infernos
: a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell
  • the inferno of war
; also : an intense fire : conflagration
  • a raging inferno

Examples of inferno in a Sentence

  1. By the time help arrived, the fire had grown to a raging inferno.

  2. the intense heat of the raging inferno repeatedly drove back the firefighters

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Origin and Etymology of inferno

Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus


INFERNO Defined for English Language Learners

inferno

noun

Definition of inferno for English Language Learners

  • : a very large and dangerous fire



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